Longevity is sticking to one woman

Three cheers for Madala Fanyana Madonsela as he turns 96.


Ivory Park Ext 2 resident, Madala Fanyana Madonsela, turned 96 on 11 October and attributed his longevity to his stoic belief to ‘stay away from women’, other than the woman you are married to.

He was said to be thrilled when the DA Midrand Constituency offered to host a party for him in honour of his milestone birthday.

The DA’s proportional representation councillor for Ward 111, Julie Suddaby said, “At a recent community event in Ivory Park, the vice-chair of the DA Ward 111 branch, Matome Mpaneng, asked me whether we couldn’t have a party to mark this milestone event.

“The DA Midrand Constituency chairperson, councillor Madeleine Hicklin, thought it was a wonderful idea and so we decided as a branch to honour this community elder. We met at the Umqhele Secondary School before going to his house.”

Suddaby added that Madonsela’s birthday wishes were ‘very simple’ – enough food to feed his wife and grandchildren for the month.

“Donations were sought from the constituency and we agreed to come through on Saturday for his party,” added Suddaby. “Madala Madonsela must be one of the oldest DA supporters in Ivory Park and when we arrived, all his neighbours were dressed in blue in honour of his birthday and ‘his party’. Madala spoke with great gusto about all the things he had witnessed in his time, especially travelling around on an ox wagon in his youth.

“He was in tremendous spirits, and despite the slightly cold weather, thoroughly enjoyed receiving his grocery hampers, cakes and cold drinks from members of the Midrand Constituency.

“It was one of the most delightful mornings I have spent in a long time, and as DA Ward 111, we were thrilled to have been able to make a meaningful contribution to this elder’s life. We look forward to repeating the party in 2018.”


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